"This way of eating is expensive and time consuming!" Myth busted!
A common concern for many when they first begin eating a lower carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF) diet is the added weekly expense at the check-out. However we're about to bust this myth!
Fact: cost is no excuse for you to be eating cheap, processed and sugar filled foods, no matter who you are - anyone can afford to eat healthy!
Of course if you only choose the more expensive cuts of meats and buy the most expensive brands you're groceries WILL be expensive!
A common mistake beginners make is thinking they need to fully stock their pantry with expensive nuts, nut flours, nut butters, coconut oil, natural sweeteners and fancy low-carb products etc. While these are all great and compliant with an LCHF diet, they are not essential to get started.
LCHF is about eating real, fresh, seasonal foods and avoiding processed, refined and sugar filled foods wherever possible! It's as simple as that!
Our Top Tips for Keeping the Grocery Bill Down;
Get Organised and Be Prepared
Avoid making several visits to the supermarket throughout the week, plan for your week ahead and try to pre-prepare some meals. This will also help you keep on track with an LCHF diet!
Buy in Bulk
If you can, buy in bulk (especially when on sale). It will work out cheaper than buying in smaller quantities more frequently, and will save you money in the long run. Most items bought in bulk can easily be frozen.
Eat Seasonal Produce and Shop at Farmers Markets or Fruit & Veg Shops
Out of season fruits and vegetables are expensive (supply and demand), seasonal produce is more readily available and higher in nutrients because they are fresher and haven't been imported or stored for extended periods of time.
Buying seasonal produce at farmers markets or fruit & veg shops is usually fresher and cheaper, plus you're supporting local businesses!
Buying frozen vegies is also cost effective. In many cases, frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables. Fresh vs Frozen Vegies
Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat
Swap your expensive cuts of fillet steak for cheaper cuts such as chuck steak or mince. Cheaper cuts of meat generally have more healthy fat too. Cheap meats are great for stewing and cooking meals in bulk!
Swap chicken breast meat for thighs and drumsticks, once again containing more healthy fat.
If you have a family and the spare freezer space, getting a whole beast butchered is the cheapest option. Using all parts of the animal for mince and sausages will feed many mouths for a long time!
Eat Plenty of Eggs
Breaking your fast with a hearty nutritious meal will sustain you for a long period of time, you may only require a small lunch and no snacks. Eggs are rich in nutrients, a great source of protein, and cheaper than meats.
Note: Any changes to your diet should be made in consultation with your General Practitioner and/or Dietitian/Nutritional Consultant. Contact our friendly team today for more information about our services and let us help you take back control of your health.